Three-dimensional echocardiography in congenital heart disease.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Recent advances in transducer technology and image processing have led to the development of two techniques for three-dimensional (3-D) echocardiography: 1) 3-D reconstruction and 2) real-time 3-D (RT3-D) volumetric imaging. 3-D reconstruction creates a 3-D data set from a series of two-dimensional (2-D) images. RT3-D echocardiography uses a 2-D matrix phased array transducer with multiple parallel processing to produce real-time volumetric images of the heart. Both technologies produce novel views of congenital heart defects and offer improved quantification of ventricular volume, mass, and function. The main advantage of RT3-D imaging is its ability to capture 3-D data in real time. This avoids the motion artifact inherent with any reconstructive technique and permits analysis of events during a single cardiac cycle; however, at present, RT3-D imaging has poorer image quality and lacks the Doppler capability. Further development in both techniques will allow 3-D echocardiography to have more widespread clinical applicability.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Li, J; Sanders, SP

Published Date

  • January 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 53 - 59

PubMed ID

  • 9932208

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0268-4705

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00001573-199901000-00009


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States